We all know the many benefits being engaged in physical activities could offer. However, many people are still not being involved in exercises or sports. Yes, the beginning may always be the hardest part. But continuing the involvement in physical activities could also be pretty tough. As a matter of fact, about a half of the number of people who begin to exercise quit somewhere in the midst of their physical endeavors.
The most common cause for this is that many people overdo it at the start. They get tired of what they are doing right away and resort to quitting. Getting injuries could also be a reason for them to stop. Also, not seeing results right away makes them weary of what they are doing so they just quit. Here are some tips to keep you on the right track even when you do not feel like it.
People who are used to physically inactive lifestyles must not get intense into an exercise they just started. They should take it lightly in the beginning. Sudden exposure to greatly strenuous routines would make them overly fatigued, sore and stiff. Moreover, it may also be the cause of the development of a sudden heart attack.
Also, it is important to begin with a warm-up and end with a cool-down. These two are vital to prevent muscle soreness and injuries. In warming up, you only need at least five minutes to do light aerobic exercises and stretching to gradually increase the heart beat rate and get the muscles warm slowly as the blood flow increases. In cooling down, unlike with warm up, we aim to ready the body for being back to its normal state by doing really light routines until the heart beat rate reaches below a hundred every minute. Cool-down is very vital especially among older women to prevent fainting and muscle cramping.
Cross training is also highly suggested. It is switching from one activity to another instead of doing just the same routine every time. It is effective in killing boredom and is also very beneficial for the body since two different activities would mean exercises for different muscle groups.
When it is really hot outdoors, exercise early in the morning or just do it indoors. Hyperthermia could be a problem you would not want to take care of. If you are doing physical activities outdoors and a feeling of light-headedness, nausea, headache, fatigue, hyperventilation, failure to sweat, or loss of concentration, stop right on and have a rest in a cool, dry place and drink lots of fluids. Also, drink plenty of water during workouts even when you are not feeling any thirst. If you would do exercises for more than an hour, it is best to go grab a sports drink. If your body temperature reaches one hundred two degrees or higher, you could bring it down by placing ice packs on your skin.
Now, this could be really important: do not give up when you do not progress right away. It takes about twelve weeks before you could see measurable results.